Cheaters, beware! If last week’s massive hacking scandal that shared the account information of an estimated 37 million users on the affair-enabling site Ashley Madison wasn’t enough drama for you, stay tuned. According to reports, an Ashley Madison-themed television series is already in the works.
Steven Marrs and Courtney Hazlett of OutEast Entertainment are producing a scripted show based on the popular affair site for Marblemedia, E! Online reported Thursday (via the Hollywood Reporter). The show, which is tentatively being called “Thank You Ashley Madison,” is being penned by Ian MacDonald and Jennifer Kennedy, who has several IMDb writing credits to her name, including “The Wilkinsons,” “King” and “Justified.”
Being that the announcement of the series’ creation comes directly after the site's massive hacking scandal, it’s no surprise that the show will most likely touch on the recent events surrounding the site. While some of the show’s themes will be “timely,” according to Marblemedia CEO Matt Hornburg, the series won’t be autobiographical. E! reports that the program will not star a character like Ashley Madison founder and CEO Noel Biderman, but rather a mother who starts the site in an effort to “support her family.”
As for others characters set to pop up on the show, there’s no confirmation whether or not viewers will see any of the site’s more famous users exposed in the hack. On Aug. 20, former “19 Kids and Counting” star Josh Duggar admitted to having had accounts on the site and being unfaithful to his wife, Anna. The reality star chalked up his behavior to a pornography addiction and entered a long-term rehabilitation facility on Tuesday. While it is unknown if Josh’s involvement in the scandal will earn him his own character, E! reports that it “wouldn’t be surprised at all” if he was somehow incorporated into the show's storyline.
Josh was just one of the famous faces exposed in the Ashley Madison hack. The leak, which occurred after threats from hackers to the site’s CEO to shut down the service in July went unresolved, exposed the names of roughly 37 million users, as well as customer email addresses and credit information starting Aug. 18. Over 15,000 accounts were linked to federal officials, according to the Associated Press. Other notable names in the leak include Florida State Attorney Jeff Ashton, Louisiana GOP Jason Doré, YouTube star Sam Rader and “Real Housewives of New York City” star Josh Taekman.